Facet syndrome is a terrible condition in which the joints in the back
of the spine decay and eventually causes serious pain.
The facet joints are hard to avoid becoming affected because they are found
at every joint of the lumbar spine. They provide about 20 percent of the
twisting stability in the lower back. Every joint is positioned equally
at the spine so that the back can rotate easily when needed.
Facet joints also stop the vertebra from sinking into the one underneath
it. A small capsule engulfs each of the facet joints which provides the
lubrication that it needs.
The back and spine is known for nerves and the faucet joint is a part of
that structure. Each joint has a large supply of tiny nerve fibers that
provide a painful stimulus when the joint is injured or irritated. Swollen
facets can cause a powerful muscle spasm. In a way this is a wonderful
mechanism because it is a condition that can be identified and doesn’t
leave you guessing what is causing the pain and is therefore treatable.
Since faucet joints are constantly moving, it is no wonder that they decay.
Sometimes they simply wear out like the rest of the body. When facet joints
become worn or torn, the cartilage may become thin or disappear altogether.
The bone in the joint underneath can produce an overgrowth of bone spurs
and an enlargement of the joints. When this takes place, we say the joint
has arthritic changes, or osteoarthritis, which can produce a large amount
back pain when a person is active. This condition may also be referred
to as facet joint disease, or facet joint syndrome.